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The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power (The Yale-Hoover Series on Stalin, Stalinism, and the Cold War) Hardcover – January 17, 2012

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“The crafting, production, and canonization of Stalin’s image was no simple endeavor. It involved technologies that gave Stalin’s cult a particularly modern flavor. . . through this alchemy of institutional and individual power did Stalin’s personality cult penetrate the psyche of the Soviet citizenry.”—Sean Guillory, New Books in Russia and Eurasia
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“An excellent study which greatly advances our understanding of one of the most important cultural artifacts of the twentieth century.”— Graeme Gill, Russian Review

(Graeme Gill Russian Review 2012-06-01)

“A fascinating history of the making and marketing of the Stalinist cult, [characterized by] clarity, sharp analysis, and a deft selection of images and illustrations. . . . A rich, valuable contribution to both modern intellectual history and the history of Russia."—Choice 

Winner of the 2013 University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Southern California and awarded annually by the Association for Salvic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for an outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern or Eurasia in the fields of literary and cultural studies.
(Book Prize University of Southern California 2013-10-21)

“Invaluably, Plamper provides a wider framework for considering Socialist Realism, while his history of the Stalin cult of personality and the way that art was organised and controlled under this despotic ruler makes this essential reading for anyone who wants to gain a more profound understanding of the period, the art, and the way it was produced.”—Christina Lodder, Burlington Magazine
(Chistina Lodder Burlington Magazine 2013-11-01)

About the Author

Jan Plamper is Dilthey Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

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  • Series: The Yale-Hoover Series on Stalin, Stalinism, and the Cold War
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; y First edition edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300169523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300169522
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. A. Nofi on July 25, 2013
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'A meticulous look at the complex "cult of personality" built around the Soviet dictator during his three decades of power. Making comparisons with other dictators, and even some democratic leaders. Plamper strongly argues that the Stalin cult was perhaps the most well-crafted and most carefully managed in history. For example, the promotion of Stalin's image varied depending upon the degree to he wished to hog or share credit for political, economic, and military developments. Plamper often plunges into quite interesting detail, such as variations in Stalin's apparent age in portraits or propaganda posters, changes in his clothing, and, in a trait he shared with fellow-dictator Hitler, the wearing of just a single medal. A carefully researched, well reasoned, often chilling, and occasionally amusing, look at the iconography of power that throws much light on the man and his regime.'

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